June 7, 2017

“We celebrate the past to awaken the future” (John F. Kennedy)

On June 7, 2017, the National Academy of Social Insurance “celebrated the past to awaken the future” (John F. Kennedy). Our 30th anniversary celebration honored eight living founding Board members of the Academy, who passed the torch to a new generation of social insurance leaders:

  • Henry Aaron, Bruce and Virginia MacLaury Senior Fellow in the Economic Studies Program, The Brookings Institution
  • Nancy J. Altman, Co-Director, Social Security Works
  • Merton C. Bernstein, Walter D. Coles Professor of Law Emeritus, Washington University-St. Louis School of Law
  • Eric Kingson, Professor of Social Work, Syracuse University
  • Theodore R. Marmor, Professor Emeritus of Public Policy and Management, Yale School of Management, and Professor of Political Science, Department of Political Science and the Institution for Social Policy Studies, Yale University
  • Alicia Munnell, Director, Center for Retirement Research, Boston College and Peter F. Drucker Professor in Management Sciences, Boston College Carroll School of Management
  • Lawrence H. Thompson, Senior Fellow, Urban Institute (Retired)
  • Howard Young, Actuary and Independent Consultant (Retired)

When the National Academy of Social Insurance began operating 30 years ago, Robert M. Ball and the other founders saw a policy environment filled with misinformation and confusion. Today, the Academy remains committed to promoting a robust and constructive exchange of ideas at this critical time in our country’s history – because our leaders cannot afford to overlook or compromise the indispensable role of social insurance in a thriving American society.